Majority of Parents Choose Disposable Diapers over Cloth

A benefit of modern parenting is there are far more choices than there were in generations past. Diapers are one such consideration. The concept of disposable diapers emerged in the first half of the 20th century when a woman named Marion Donovan was fed up dealing with wet clothing and bedding.

Donovan created an innovative cover using a shower curtain for cloth diapers, which later evolved into the concept of true disposables. No businesses at the time would buy into the idea of paper-based diapers, saying it was impractical. That all changed a decade later, when in 1961, a man named Victor Mills used the concept and created the now well-known Pampers®.

Today, many estimates place over 80 percent of parents as using disposable diapers. Here are some of the perceived advantages of these products:


One of the primary benefits of disposable diapers is the ease of use. After baby uses it, simply roll it up and dispose in a proper receptacle. Busy parents often appreciate this aspect of buying disposables.

Additionally, there is fewer laundry to do as there are no worries about setting aside time to clean cloth diapers to ensure a full supply at all times. For those that use a cleaning service, the cost factor also needs to be considered.

With disposable diapers, parents can simply stop at the store and pick up more when needed.  While there is a cost associated with disposables, the convenience factor often outweighs the expense for many parents.

*Fewer leaks

Over the years, disposable diapers have been greatly improved. notes that manufacturers these days designs disposable diapers to fit your baby contours and can hold a lot more liquid without leaks. This equates to less clothing and bedding changes being necessary.

A couple of decades ago, disposable diapers were clumpy and did not keep babies very dry. Today’s diapers are far more absorbent and keep urine away from baby’s skin for longer periods of time; cloth diapers are not necessarily as effective, depending on the type of cloth diaper used.

*Comfort for baby

Cloth diapers tend to be very bulky, and for toddlers this may impact comfort. While over the years there have been many improvements made upon reusable diapers, they tend to lack the slimness disposables have.  Disposable diaper designers state their diapers allow babies to have less contact with wetness per Consumer Reports. That being said, cloth diapers are softer, so comfort could be subjective.

*Easier for travel

Disposable diapers are far easier to deal with when you are out with your baby, either for the day or on a longer trip. With cloth diapers, there is also the consideration of needing to carry the dirty diapers around until returning home to be able to clean properly.

While there is an ongoing debate between which type of diaper, cloth or disposable, is more ecologically friendly and cost-effective, most parents do opt for disposables. Disposable diapers are an invention many parents are grateful for because they tend to make a hectic schedule a bit easier.